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  • Bake Sale in Support of the United Way

    Bake Sale in Support of the United Way

    Bake Sale Edmonton Social Planning Council #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:00am - 4:00 pm Pricing is by donation. Enjoy some baked goods and learn more about our work! 100% of the proceeds go directly to the United Way, which is working with partners in the community to help end poverty in Edmonton. Poverty is #Unignorable Read More
  • Lunch and Learn - December 10, 2019

    Lunch and Learn - December 10, 2019

    December 10, 2019 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM Program Room - Stanley Milner Library (Enterprise Square Branch) 10212 Jasper Avenue Topic: Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse Please note: Registration is required for this event. Please CLICK HERE to register. About this presentation: The Edmonton Social Planning Council's Lunch & Learn Series is a series of engaging lunch-time talks about social Read More
  • 2019 Seasonal Celebration

    2019 Seasonal Celebration

    Our Board of Directors and Staff wish to extend an invitation to you to join us in celebrating the holidays at our office! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. When: December 5th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm Where: Suite #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) Read More
  • Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Susan Morrissey, Executive Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council provided the recent Op-Ed in the Edmonton Journal. Read the full version here: https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-budget-is-a-setback-for-lower-income-albertans Download the Fact Sheet here: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Excerpt from the Edmonton Journal: With the UCP tabling their first budget, there is a lot of talk of what this means. Depending on who you ask, this Read More
  • 2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    Download: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Introduction The 2019 budget, which runs until March 31, 2020, is titled A Plan for Jobs and the Economy. The main priorities it identifies is creating jobs and reducing the deficit. We are now almost 7 months into the 2019-20 budget year, so many of the big changes announced will not take effect until next spring’s Read More
  • Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Access to stable and quality housing can produce positive outcomes to community health and education, and ultimately improve neighbourhood conditions and perceptions. Families that are in unstable housing are more likely to face intergenerational poverty. Living in unsafe neighbourhoods could have detrimental effects on physical and mental health. Despite these benefits, there is still formidable public opposition to providing quality Read More
  • A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    Read the full report (click on the link):A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update Click to download: 2016 Federal Census Neighbourhood Summary Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (All Ages) Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (0 to 17) INTRODUCTION Poverty affects people from all walks of life – young, old, employed, unemployed, those Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton.  This edition focuses on Indigenous Women in Alberta.   Download: Vital Topic - Indigenous Women in Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton.  This edition focuses on The Arts. ARTS include a wide variety of creative disciplines including: Read More
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BY GORDON KENT, EDMONTON JOURNAL, OCT. 8, 2014

EDMONTON - At a time when most of the developed world is dealing with an aging population, Edmonton is becoming younger.

The median age of Edmonton residents dropped slightly to 36 in 2011 from 36.1 five years earlier, according to Statistics Canada.

That makes it the youngest major Canadian city and one of the few to see less grey hair.

“In the long run, it’s really good news for the city of Edmonton,” John Kolkman, research director for the Edmonton Social Planning Council, said Tuesday.

“It means those of us who are getting a little older, there are more young people coming forward after us.”

Kolkman included the age data in a new Vital Signs report on youth issues put out by the council and the Edmonton Community Foundation.

The median age in Calgary rose to 36.4 from 35.7 over the same period, still far younger than the median 2011 Canadian age of 40.6.

A strong economy and plentiful jobs are likely the main factors drawing young people to Edmonton, although the youth unemployment rate is twice the overall average, he said.

“People move here from elsewhere who are younger than average, and they have children,” he said. “(Also), we have a higher aboriginal population, and the aboriginal population is actually a full 10 years younger, at an average of 26.”

Coun. Ben Henderson said the city has been working to attract and retain young residents, whom he said are crucial to Edmonton’s future.

They’re drawn here by the high-calibre schools and the quality of life, as well as jobs, he said.

He’s not sure what facilities will be needed for a younger population, because the older generation has similar interests in recreation and entertainment.

But Henderson already sees a better mix of age groups on Whyte Avenue, with an older crowd getting dinner early in the evening and their youthful counterparts out later.

“They’re both finding a way to use the space. It’s not either-or, which we saw 10 years ago.”

Gaspard Momba, 26, moved to Edmonton from the Democratic Republic of Congo about three years ago to join his family and improve his education.

He became fluent in English after taking language instruction for newcomers at NorQuest College, where he is now studying several high school courses.

He wants to make Edmonton his home, working and volunteering on community projects.

“In Edmonton, there’s always an opportunity. Whatever you want to do, when you get yourself connected, you can. It really is the best place.”

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Global News - 1 in 6 Alberta children lives below poverty line

Read more about the Edmonton Social Planning Council report on child poverty in Alberta.

Alberta Child Poverty Report - 2018 Click to Download